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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Soup Sunday- Ham and Bean Soup

Every year when I go to Dallas for the holidays we have ham and then my brother Tony makes pea soup from the ham bone.  Even thought it is delicious he and I are the only ones in the family that eat it.

When I got back from the holidays, I made a ham of my own and needed to do something with the ham bone. I decided to take a little different tack and used my ham bone for the base of a 12 bean soup.    In addition to the drippings from the ham I used tomato juice from the tomatoes from my garden. I left quite a bit of ham on the bone, probably about 1 1/2 to 2 cups.  If you do not have any left on the bone you use, add ham to the soup.

 This recipe made a large pot, but it freezes well. I served mine in honor of the Wisconsin Badges. I got to go to their Cotton Bowl game in Dallas on January 2nd and watched them defeat a tough Western Michigan team.

1 ham bone with drippings
1 package 12 bean mix
1 quart tomato juice
2 stalks celery chopped
2 medium carrots chopped
1 yellow onion chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Put the ham bone and drippings into a stock pot and chill over night. At the same time soak the beans overnight according to package directions. I used 2 1/2 cups of water.

Take the stockpot out of the refrigerator. Skim off any hardened fat and throw way. Put the pot over medium heat. Add the bean mixture, onion, carrots and celery.

Cook over medium heat for about an hour. Remove the bone from the soup mixture. Remove any meat from the bone and return to the soup mixture. Add the spices and simmer for 5 minutes.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

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Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 208 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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